Podcast aimed at Mzansi’s youth launches this week


  • The first-of-its-kind podcast aims to provide access to the inspirational audio series – ‘Don’t hold back – say it loud’` – for as many of Mzansi’s youth as possible.
  • Deutsche Welle invested in more than 20 hours of in-depth interviews with South African youth, employing a user-centered approach to address their most concerning needs.
  • The new Podcast will be presented by well-known health activist – Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba as she creates a safe space to discuss contentious and taboo issues that matter to young South Africans.
  • This international collaboration is a first of its kind on African soil as Deutsche Welle, Jacaranda FM, and East Coast Radio have created a digital product together from scratch – a true collaboration

Click here for the sneak peek to the first episode of the Podcast, the official press release, images of the podcast cover and of Nozibele – the dynamic host. Please note the embargo on this launch news is 6 July 2022 at 06:00.


Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba

South African presenter Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba is famous for her HIV/Aids activism and YouTube channel. After her own diagnosis with HIV in 2013, Nozibele made it her mission to hold open conversations about her journey living with HIV.

Now a published author and respected authority on the subject, the 31-year-old’s work was named as one of the web’s Top 15 HIV YouTube channels.

With her direct, engaging, and empathetic hosting style, she is the perfect fit to address taboo topics – and to say: Don’t hold back!


Gender Based Violence 

Guest | Loni Bawuti – GVB Activist and Actress 

In January this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed legislation to strengthen the fight against Gender-Based Violence. As part of that legislation, he said that it also entails building a society based on advancing fundamental human rights. 

In this first podcast, Nozibele and Loni discuss the mechanics, emotional manipulation, restrictions, nuances, grooming, and eventual physical abuse experienced in their GBV stories that young men and woman can relate to. From the power play, to the family and friend dynamics involved, these women unpack the revelations that empowered them to break free from the cycle of GBV in an honest, relatable way. 

“You don’t want to let go, but you want the abuse to stop” – Loni Bawuti


  1. Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba, Host
  2. Deirdre King, Managing Director at Jacaranda FM